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North Tahoe Kids programs

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
We are taking a family trip to to the North Lake Tahoe area this winter. I like to have my kids, ages 11 and 9, take at least one day of lessons. Over the last few years we have encountered the good (Breckenridge), the excellent (Beaver Creek), and the ugly (Park City Mountain Resort) kids programs.

Any suggestions on which place offers the best kids programs in the North Tahoe area? (We are staying in Incline Village).

Gary Rupp
post #2 of 14
Northstar is very focused on families and I see groups of kids doing fun things there. I'm sure other resorts have kid programs too though.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
Northstar is very focused on families and I see groups of kids doing fun things there. I'm sure other resorts have kid programs too though.
NorthStar would have been my answer as well. They're always rated near the top nationally by the ski mag's, for their kids and family friendly programs.
post #4 of 14
If you would like to be able to see or even find your kids during the ski day?? Take them to Diamond Peak or (TOP SHELF) Mt. Rose. These are the two closest areas to Incline; Mt. Rose is the best family value/ family friendly area in the Tahoe basin. Home Wood is the other family friendly resort.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Coach13
NorthStar would have been my answer as well. They're always rated near the top nationally by the ski mag's, for their kids and family friendly programs.
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This is not an insult to anyone, (Unless you work for North Star) just a very strong opinion based on years or being around North Shore Tahoe.



North Star is a real-estate development company with DEEP POCKETS very a slick, Polished marketing department. The resort from a skier’s perspective is dysfunctional!! The place sucks, lots of walking, hiking searching. The prices in the shops and restaurants is 50 to 100% higher than most other places around the Lake. I see the name North Star Plastered everywhere!! BIG advertising dollars!. If they are getting a high rating (As a ski resort) for any aspect of there operation (IT IS DUE TO PAYOLA)! The only think first rate about North Star is the marketing department and legal department
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by MTT
North Star is a real-estate development company with DEEP POCKETS very a slick, Polished marketing department. The resort from a skier’s perspective is dysfunctional!! The place sucks, lots of walking, hiking searching. The prices in the shops and restaurants is 50 to 100% higher than most other places around the Lake. I see the name North Star Plastered everywhere!! BIG advertising dollars!. If they are getting a high rating (As a ski resort) for any aspect of there operation (IT IS DUE TO PAYOLA)! The only think first rate about North Star is the marketing department and legal department
I agree with most of what you've written. Except they do offer good services, if not great skiing, to families. It's easy to bad mouth N* but they do actually do some things right. By your same argument though Squaw Valley is a real-estate development company with a ski area as the draw. As goes Squaw so goes Mammoth, and Heavenly, and Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, and ... N* just started earlier. Hell Ski Incline is almost a private club run by IVGID. Honest.

ps. Can't we keep the big-H out of this ? Please.
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
By your same argument though Squaw Valley is a real-estate development company with a ski area as the draw. As goes Squaw so goes Mammoth, and Heavenly, and Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, and ... .
These ski areas are moving the same direction (On a much smaller scale) due to necessity. But they are all old well established GREAT Mountains. North Star is relatively new, 1978, and is located on terrain that does not really support a good skiing experience. You and I both know the look and feel of North Star, From the long march up the hill to the gondola, to the 8$ per slice pizza.



So when I see North Star recommended over all the other established, nice areas around the Lake, it absolutely flames me. I grew up on the NorthShore; I love the area and like those who visit to have a positive experience.



North Star is not representative of Lake Tahoe or her residents.

North Star is the Icon for what is going wrong in the Tahoe Area.



So Truckee local we both live near a beautiful place, which has a certain relaxed feel? We are both very lucky people



Did you really want to suggest to a family vacationing in Incline to drop there 9 and 11 year old children of @ North Star?

REALLY??
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
.Hell Ski Incline is almost a private club run by IVGID. Honest.
Ski Incline = Diamond Peak (Why the hell was the name changed?) To many consultants moved to Incline?

IVGID = Incline Village General Inprovemnt District.

I agree with you 1000% on this. however if you are vacationing in Incline, Ski Incline is going to take VERY GOOD Care or you and your family

Funny people who live in Incline dont care much for those who live in Truckee,
and via versa. Its always been that way? Same thing with North shore / South Shore.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by MTT
North Star is the Icon for what is going wrong in the Tahoe Area.
Not THE Icon, just one of many I'm afraid. Another is enjoying jet after jet after jet ... coming and going to enjoy the mountain experience. The peace and quiet, the clean air ... Golf courses, gated communities, million dollar 'homes' (the average house price on The North Shore just went over a million, Incline it's $1.3m). The proportion of folks who live here is steadily declining, almost every house that 'locals' sell is being bought by second home owners, and so the care and attention the communities and environment deserve is declining. It seems everyone is working hard to trash the place so bad folks won't want to come. It's being 'loved' too much.

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So Truckee local we both live near a beautiful place, which has a certain relaxed feel? We are both very lucky people
We sure are except for the reality of my rant above.

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Did you really want to suggest to a family vacationing in Incline to drop there 9 and 11 year old children of @ North Star?
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REALLY??
Yep. It's what the visitors want apparently. They want groomers. They want fun little runs for kids through the woods. They want small kid groups with two 'instructors'. They want/demand their kids to ski in relative safety (otherwise let them loose at Squaw : ). They want their kids back exhausted from trying to 'ski' home run (or whatever it's called) a few times. They want service. Costs during a vacation aren't an issue and wine and cheese bars at mid mountain is perfect. The place is developed to deliver the expected 'mountain experience'. You and I are familiar with the more raunchy, rustic, survival aspect of the North Shore. Someone coming for a week and blowing big bucks doesn't need to deal with that. We have our stashes (even at N*) and we are much less constrained by time, terrain, and snow conditions. We sure are lucky.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by MTT
Funny people who live in Incline dont care much for those who live in Truckee,
and via versa. Its always been that way? Same thing with North shore / South Shore.
I'm sorry I feel like ranting (at least snow is due on Saturday). The Incline folks seem to think they're special as they blast through Truckee. Strange really when Californian's see Nevada as their 'smoking section' (no offense intended assuming you're in the Nevada portion of Verdi) and most of them seem to have made their money in California. Anyway the Incline folks think they've got it all sorted out. They're working hard to get rid of their last mobile home park, get rid of the riff-raff. They're ready to develop The Ponderosa. Once that's done and all the books are in the new library they'll be ready to work on real problems. They've just got to get more endowments for what goes for a Humane Society there ($10m building and cherry picked pure bred dogs). Conversely Truckee just took a coupe of dozen animals from Katrina.

I'm sure someone in Incline can read this and respond accordingly about what's wrong with Truckee (please let's not confuse the discussion by introducing Kings Beach which has its own special issues). Go on someone. Please.
post #11 of 14
I moved to Incline a year ago and I love both Incline and Truckee. One of the things I like about the lake is each town has it's own personality, quicks, and (I'm sure) issues.

I guess I haven't lived here long enough to develop the regional biases

I also find NorthStar to be boring and expensive, never have skied Diamond Peak, and Mt Rose is one of my favorites in the region.
post #12 of 14

Back on topic...at first

My buddy and his wife love to ski at Mt. Rose with their 2 daughters, and find the service, value and experience extremely enjoyable.

As for Tahoe development, I'm a native San Franciscan and find the whole trend extremely disturbing. However, in the next few years I would expect (and hope) the second home bubble to burst. If it keeps going the same way, then I may have to stop going to Tahoe after 35 years. It will become intolerable...
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Dino
As for Tahoe development, I'm a native San Franciscan and find the whole trend extremely disturbing. However, in the next few years I would expect (and hope) the second home bubble to burst. If it keeps going the same way, then I may have to stop going to Tahoe after 35 years. It will become intolerable...
Come on up and see the development projects in the works. For the last 15 years we've been waiting for the bubble to burst, some retracement. But how do you unpave new developments, get golf courses back to nature, bring back real folks who used to live and work here, stop jet traffic, ... ? I'm not optimistic. Time to invest in my next 'final' homestead. At least I can cash out. Unfortunately my wife is a native San Franciscan too and won't leave California
post #14 of 14

Too true

"But how do you unpave new developments, get golf courses back to nature, bring back real folks who used to live and work here, stop jet traffic, ... ?"

Too true, but don't give up hope. I can't leave CA either (for about the next 20 years), but instead of spending my money on a second home in Tahoe, I've been I'll flying to SLC, Vancouver/Whistler, or Colorado to supplement/supplant my Tahoe trips. It's cheaper & better in many ways anyway.
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